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The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Sport | 12 June 1953 (Australia)
Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Robinson ... Jackie Robinson
Ruby Dee ... Rae Robinson
Minor Watson ... Branch Rickey
Louise Beavers ... Jackie's Mother
Richard Lane ... Hopper
Harry Shannon ... Charlie
Ben Lessy ... Shorty
William 'Bill' Spaulding William 'Bill' Spaulding ... Bill Spaulding (as Bill Spaulding)
Billy Wayne Billy Wayne ... Clyde Sukeforth
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Mack Robinson
Bernie Hamilton ... Ernie
Kenny Washington Kenny Washington ... Tigers Manager
Pat Flaherty ... Karpen
Larry McGrath Larry McGrath ... Umpire
Emmett Smith Emmett Smith ... Catcher
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Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@umbc.edu>

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Taglines:

You'll HIT With Him! You'll RUN With Him! You'll SLIDE With Him!

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1953 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Jackie Robinson See more »

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Production Co:

Jewel Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (black and white version)| Color (color version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Williams, the Hall of Fame manager of the "Impossible Dream" Boston Red Sox, appeared in this film as the pitcher and the second baseman for Jersey City in Jackie's first game with the Montreal Royals. See more »

Goofs

Harry Shannon's character is listed as "Charlie" in the end credits cast of characters. However, he plays the role of "Frank Shaughnessy", President of the International League. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: This is the story of a boy and his dream. But more than that, it is the story of an American boy and dream that is truly an American.
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Also available in a computer-colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in The Comix Scrutinizer: Psycho Comics #1 (2015) See more »

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Inspirational B-Movie does the job
21 January 2003 | by Mark_McDSee all my reviews

If the obviously affable Robinson doesn't come across as a "good" actor, it might be more the fault of the production than himself. Though it's an important movie about a great sports pioneer, it has too many marks of a B-movie production. Too much exposition by characters who should have more interesting stories (wouldn't you want to know more about the USC athletic director who said the only color he cares about is "blue and gold?" Also, Louise Beavers gave a very subdued performance considering it was one of her few roles where she wasn't playing someone's maid. Other hallmarks of the B production were about two minutes of running used for the stock footage of calendar leaves falling to mark the passage of time, the old "spinning headlines" of newspapers with the same articles beneath, the fact that Jackie's baseball scenes were shot at just two ballparks (I'm not even sure his Dodgers scenes were shot at Ebbets Field; the field doesn't quite match the long shots of Ebbets) and the "flashback voices" that ran through Jackie's head when he was set to fight with some white hecklers. This film could also be considered as a product of the McCarthy era in which it was made. It did ignore Jackie's problems in the Army (because it's "un-American" to criticize the military) and ends with Jackie's flag-waving radio address before Congress. Branch Rickey, who in real life did spend several years trying to get pro baseball to desegregate, has a lot of "let's behave like real Americans" dialogue, but tempered with his admission to Jackie that he scouted him because we wants the Dodgers to win a pennant. Despite my quibbles, I think this is an important movie and I'm glad it's around for us to see. I am also torn between feeling that it might be better remembered had it not been a small studio picture, and the possibility that a major studio would have completely glossed over the prejudice portrayed in the film. <i>Note: Jackie's Dodger uniform number, 42, had been officially retired by every team in Major League Baseball. "42" is also the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, as explained in "The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Coincidence? I think not.


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